Manicotti, Anyone?: A Kosher for Passover Easter Dinner

Intermarried Jews are used to challenging questions. What about the kids? Will your home have a Christmas tree? Where will you be buried? But when Passover and Easter overlap, a fourth question is added to the mix: How will you negotiate conflicting foodways?

I’m a nice Jewish girl partnered with a cultural Catholic of Sicilian origin. The first time Easter occurred during Passover, my dietary needs and traditions took precedent. We had a lovely roast chicken (kosher, of course), and with the help of Jewish culinary guru Joan Nathan, some very tasty potato kugelettes. My workplace, satisfying in many ways, is less than hospitable to Jews, and my beloved does everything possible to lessen the alienation and calendar travails that often attend Jewish holidays. So chicken and kugel winning out over pasta and red sauce didn’t seem like much of a couple compromise. Eating well is his article of faith, and we certainly did that with a vengeance!

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Coming Out, Getting In: Gay Iranian Poet Payam Feili

In just a few hours, Jews around the world will gather together at their Seder tables. They will drink wine, ask questions, search for the Afikoman, and recite the obligation to see themselves as if they personally had come out of Egypt. And that is, really, what the Seder is all about, the telling and retelling of the greatest Jewish “coming out” story of all time: a story of venturing out into the unknown, of wandering in physical and metaphorical deserts, and of seeking refuge in a new home.

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New Passover Songs from Unorthodox

By now, we hope, you’ve checked out our Haggadah, which is downloadable for free right here and is chock-full of provocative questions, sizzling illustrations, and, well, unorthodox contributions from Daphne Merkin, Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, Negin Farsad, Molly Yeh, and other beloved guest and friends of your favorite podcast. So tonight, as you sit down for the Seder, why not try out a couple of new songs?

First, we’ve “Bubby Got Run Over by Elijah,” by Noam Osband. Because why should the gentiles have all the mayhem holiday fun?

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Why Trump Should Be Thanking Roseanne Bigly

This week, 18.3 million Americans tuned in to network television to watch the reboot of Roseanne. To put those numbers in perspective, it may help to know that more people watched the new Roseanne than watched the final episode of the original show more than twenty years ago, in 1997, when people still watched television, back before social media or widespread use of the Internet.

Those numbers are huge. In our era, meaning the past decade, or even decade and a half, they are unprecedented. What matters more is that an audience that size is literally the only thing that could catch the attention of the top decision-makers in the culture industry. Those numbers represent the potential size of the threat to the bottom line of their business, if they choose to ignore them—and the size of the potential profits if they meet them head on, in a way that the audience judges to be at least half-way fair.

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Amazingly Detailed Poseable Miniature Birds Created In Exactly 1/12 Dollhouse Scale

Artisan Katie Doka has created an absolutely brilliant series of poseable dollhouse miniature birds and other animals that are measured exactly 1/12 to scale. Each of Doka’s miniatures are hand sculpted, extremely detailed and highly realistic, just in incredibly tiny form. Doka has crafted likenesses of parrots, crows, pigeons, peacocks, owls, canaries and toucans, just to name a few. These and other wonderful miniatures are available for purchase through the Fairies Miniatures Etsy store.

My animals are all hand sculpted one-of-a-kind figures. I use artisan quality polymer clays, Genesis Oil paint, Acrylic Paint, jewelry wire, glass or resin Eyes and natural fibers, feathers.My miniature animals will come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Lithuanian Makeup Artist Creates Wonderfully Disturbing Illusions Using Herself as a Canvas

Lithuanian Makeup Artist Monika Falcik creates absolutely wonderful disturbing illusions using her own face and body as a living palate. Of all Falcik’s designs, the ones that capture the most attention can be rather savage in nature ( a sliced face, facial scar, bloody pierced cheek, gunshot holes and self mutilation) but are so real looking that they deserve a second look.

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Lucas the Spider Performs a Beautiful Solo on a Homemade Harp Made Out of Twigs and String

Lucas the Spider Harp Solo

Lucas the Spider, the animated arachnid by Joshua Slice who’s led a very full life thus far, performed a beautiful solo on a handmade harp made out of twigs and string. Lucas had put in a great deal of practice and rehearsal into this performance and was doing well, until a pesky bird decided to fly away with the instrument. Though disappointed, Lucas promised to return after making himself a new harp.

Bird Steals Harp

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Sir David Attenborough Explores the Fascinating World of Bioluminescent Flora and Fauna

Bioluminescence David Attenborough

In a beautiful preview for David Attenborough’s Light On Earth, the legendary narrator explores the fascinating world of bioluminescence, what causes this feature, how common bioluminescence is amongst the world’s flora and fauna and how these creatures are able to form their own light from within.

Bioluminescence is everywhere, in the soil, on the land and throughout the oceans. Astonishingly, living light may be the norm, not the exception. And it is important. For the luminous life of the vast ocean depths plays a crucial role in the biological balance of the planet; and their environment may be a key to global warming.

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A Heartbreaking Compilation of Endangered Animals Who May Soon Be On the Brink of Extinction

As part of their Planet Earth series, Great Big Story compiled a heartbreaking video of endangered animals who may soon be on the brink of extinction, but for these animal ambassadors who are part of a program that seeks to bring awareness to the dangers posed and captive breeding programs that seek to reintroduce the animals back into the wild. Some of these ambassadors include the okapi – a relative of the giraffe, a family of pileated gibbons, the big-nosed tapir, the pre-historic babirusa, a Coquerel’s sifaka lemur, stubborn tamanduas, a nimble three-toed sloth and an adorable tree-kangaroo.

In this reel, we meet some of the rarest critters on planet Earth, including the closest living relative to the giraffe, a lemur threatened by hunting and a tree kangaroo hanging on for survival due to habitat loss.

Okapi

Pileated Gibbons

Tapir

Babirusa

Lemur

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